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Gorilla trekking on a budget

Before we start with this guide:

Gorilla trekking is not cheap.

In fact it was and gonna be the most expensive hour of our whole life.

But there is a way how to do without a package tour because this would add a big price tag on to the already expensive trekking permit (about 500$ extra).

Here is the independent way and our guide how to do Gorilla trekking on a budget:


Step 1:

Get a trekking permit for the Nyakagezi or Rushaga Gorilla family for 600$ from the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala.

lot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya.
P.O. BOX 3530, Kampala, Uganda.
Office:  +256 414 355000, +256 312 355000
Fax:  +256 414 346 291
Reservations and Booking: +256 414 355 409/410

That’s the regular price and in comparison to Rwanda (1200$) really reasonable.
The reason why we suggest these two Gorilla families is that you will find cheap accommodation and restaurant options in Kisoro the town nearby and you don’t have to stay at an expensive lodge.

Please note: If you book your permit via telephone you will have to pay a surcharge of about 50$ which you don’t have to pay wenn you pay in the office in cash.


Step 2:

Take a night bus to Kisoro for 30k UGX (about 7€)

You can book your ticket online on Ugabus.


Step 3:

Find cheap accommodation in Kisoro.

We stayed Sawa Sawa Guesthouse and paid 15$ for a double room with shared bathroom including breakfast and it was a decent stay.
Also the food they serve is really delicious.


Step 4:

Organise transportation from Kisoro to the National Park and back.
We can recommend our driver Michael who is charging really good prices for round trips:

Nyakagezi: 35$
Rushaga: 50$

His prices are better than the other drivers are offering.

If you want to contact him,  this is his WhatsApp number:
+256 775 474121


Step 5:

Enjoy your trek 😉

If you don’t have a lot of time you can actually do it in one day:

Arrive with the night bus,  do the same day the trek and leave the same day with the night bus.

We decided to sleep a night in Kisoro, trek the day after and leave the same night after the trek with the night bus back to Kampala.


Tip: Don’t travel abroad without an insurance.

If you want to know which we are using, have a look here.


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